A PROCLAMATION, TO THE SAINTS SCATTERED ABROAD;
The relationship which we sustain to the Church of Je sus Christ of Latter Day Saints, ren ders it necessary that we should make known from time to time, the circum stances, situation, and prospects of the church, and give such instructions as may be necessary for the well being of the Saints. and for the promotion of those objects, calculated to further their present and everlasting happiness.
We have to congratulate the Saints on the progress of the great work of the “last days;” for not only has it spread through the length and breadth of this vast continent; but on the conti nent of Europe, and on the Islands of the sea, it is spreading in a manner en tirely unprecedented in the annals of time.
This appears the more pleasing when we consider, that but a short time has elapsed, since we were unmercifully driven from the State of , af ter suffering cruelties and persecutions in their various, and horrid forms.— Then our overthrow, to many, seemed inevitable, while the enemies of truth triumphed over us, and by their cruel reproaches endeavored to aggravate our sufferings. But “the Lord of Hosts was with us, the God of Jacob was our refuge!” and we were deliv ered from the hands of bloody and de ceitful men; and in the State of we found an asylum, and were kindly welcomed by persons worthy the char acters of freemen. It would be im possible to enumerate all those who in our time of deep distress, nobly came forward to our relief, and like the good Samaritan poured oil into our wounds, and contributed liberally to our neces sities, as the citizens of en masse and the people of , generally, seemed to emulate each other in this labor of love. We would, however, make honorable mention of , , General [Samuel] Leech, , Rev. Mr. Young, Col. Henry, N[ehemiah] Bushnell, John Wood, , S[ylvester] M. Bartlett, Samuel Holmes, and J. T. Holmes, Esquires, who will long be remembered by a grateful community for their philan thropy to a suffering people, and whose kindness on that occasion is in delibly engraven on the tablet of our hearts, in golden letters of love.
We would, likewise, make mention of the Legislature of this State, who, without respect of parties, without re luctance, freely, openly, boldly, and no bly, have come forth to our assistance, owned us as citizens and friends, and took us by the hand, and extended to us all the blessings of civil, political, and religious liberty, by granting us, under date of Dec. 16, 1840, one of the most liberal charters, with the most plenary powers, ever conferred by a legislative assembly on free citi zens, for the “City of ,” the “ Legion” and the “University of the City of .” The first of these charters, (that for the “City of ,”) secures to us in all time to come, irrevocably, all those great bles sings of civil liberty, which of right appertain to all the free citizens of a great civilized republic—’tis all we ever claimed. What a contrast does the proceedings of the legislature of this present, when compared with those of , whose bigotry, jeal ousy, and superstition, prevailed to such an extent, as to deny us our liberty and our sacred rights— has set a glo rious example, to the whole and to the world at large, and has nobly carried out the principles of her constitution, and the constitution of these , and while she re quires of us implicit obedience to the laws, (which we hope ever to see ob served) she affords us the protection of law—the security of life, liberty, and the peaceable pursuit of happiness.
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